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“I buy on the assumption that they could close the market the next day and not reopen it for five years.”

— Warren Buffett

The Warren Buffett investment philosophy calls for a long-term investment horizon, where a five year holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into DISH Network Corp (NASD: DISH)? Today, we examine the outcome of a five year investment into the stock back in 2017.

Start date: 12/08/2017


End date: 12/07/2022
Start price/share: $48.59
End price/share: $14.45
Starting shares: 205.80
Ending shares: 205.80
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: -70.26%
Average annual return: -21.54%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $2,973.32

The above analysis shows the five year investment result worked out poorly, with an annualized rate of return of -21.54%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $2,973.32 today (as of 12/07/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of -70.26% (something to think about: how might DISH shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more piece of investment wisdom to leave you with:
“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” — George Santayana